December 1, 2017 •
San Jose Passes Ordinance to Amend Gift Law
The San Jose City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s gift ordinance.
The new law struck the city’s exceptions for allowable gifts and incorporated the exceptions for allowable gifts under the state’s Political Reform Act while maintaining a $50 gift limit.
Under the new ordinance, tickets to certain events are no longer considered an exception to the gift rule. Instead, San Jose will follow a framework similar to the Political Reform Act.
San Jose will consider tickets to civic, cultural, or community functions as permissible gifts, so long as they do not exceed the $50 limit.
The ordinance is effective on December 8, 2017.
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